A 65th minute goal from freshman Adi Johnson (Rockford, Ill./Rockford Christian) cut a two-goal deficit in half for the Valparaiso University women’s soccer team Sunday morning, but the Crusaders could not find the equalizer, as Kansas came away with a 2-1 victory in both teams’ finale from Lincoln, Neb.
How It Happened
- Kansas took the lead in the 18th minute on a chip shot from in close by Katie McClure, her second goal of the season.
- The Jayhawks made it a 2-0 game in the 54th minute when Grace Hagan headed home her second goal of the year.
- Johnson cut the Kansas lead in half with an individual effort nearing the midway point of the second half. The freshman took a shot from the left-hand side of the box and found the top left corner of the goal, beating Jayhawks goalkeeper Maddie Dobyns.
- Valpo went up a player late in the match following a red card against Kansas in the 89th minute, but was unable to take advantage to tie the game in the short time remaining.
Inside the Game
- Johnson opened her account with the Crusaders in the sixth game of her career, becoming the first Valpo freshman to find the back of the net this season.
- Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Tess Barrett (Tinley Park, Ill./Providence Catholic) made six saves in goal while limiting KU to just two goals.
- Kansas out-shot Valpo 18-3 and earned nine corner kicks to the Crusaders’ one.
Thoughts From Head Coach John Marovich
“It was a tough result today, because at times we had some really good work. We improved in our patience with possession when releasing pressure. I liked how we fought to get a goal back and gave ourselves some chances with corners and set pieces in the last 15 minutes. These games provided the challenges which we need to improve our performance.”
“The goals we conceded today were preventable, but those moments at this speed of play require a quicker decision. It caught us today, but these games will prepare our team for the upcoming league season.”
“It was great to see two young players in Ali Quillen and Adi Johnson have solid performances today. It was fitting that Adi got a goal today, as she really held our shape and was a presence in the middle of the park. These experiences are so valuable to their individual development and our team growth.”
The Crusaders (2-4-0) return home next Friday night, hosting IPFW at Brown Field at 7:30 p.m. Live stats will be available via ValpoAthletics.com.